In our final excerpt from his new book on the history of solar power, Let It Shine, author John Perlin describes a key moment in the debate over big, centralized solar sites and smaller, distributed rooftop panels.
October 23, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
In an excerpt from his new book Let It Shine, John Perlin reveals how one of the first actions of the new Reagan administration was to dim the lights on what had been a promising start for an American solar energy program. Solar in the U.S. has yet to fully recover.
September 25, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
In an excerpt from John Perlin’s new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy, the solar guru explains how making use of the sun’s energy is anything but a new technology.
September 17, 2013 • 8:00 AM • Share
Solar concentrators are a hot weapon in the renewable energy arsenal. Except sometimes they really can be a weapon.
September 3, 2013 • 12:17 PM • Share
The U.S. Southwest is ground zero in the effort to transition America to an energy portfolio of renewables. What are the first steps, and who is making them?
November 22, 2011 • 4:00 AM • Share
Some environmental advocates say the federal government is ignoring the real future of solar energy: photovoltaic cells on almost every roof. But even supporters acknowledge rooftop solar isn’t the complete answer to the energy question — yet.
April 18, 2011 • 4:01 AM • Share
Big money, big energy and big environmentalism join forces to support big solar energy projects on federal land in the Southwest. But could these “green” projects actually be anti-environmental boondoggles in the making?
April 18, 2011 • 4:00 AM • Share
Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, inventor of the plastic solar cell, reviews the past, present and bright future of his invention with Miller-McCune’s solar guru, John Perlin.
January 28, 2011 • 5:00 AM • Share
The fine balance in Germany between markets and green energy policy highlights the real-world challenges for moving away from traditional power sources.
January 26, 2011 • 5:00 AM • Share
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